The Director of Financial Aid leads the development, implementation, documentation, and evaluation of all financial aid and scholarship programs. The director is a strategic partner in meeting the college's recruitment and retention goals and works in close collaboration with recruitment and retention partners.
The director is responsible for the awarding and disbursement of the annual financial aid expenditures, a comprehensive aid budget of approximately $37 million including federal, state, institution, and foundation aid. The director also contributes to the institutional strategic and enrollment planning, provides unit leadership and budget direction, and ensures compliance with regulatory guidelines and unit strategy in support of awarding financial aid to qualifying students.
The salary for this position is $80,000-$90,000 commensurate with experience.
- Analyze and interpret regulations (federal, state, UW System, institutional and NCAA) relative to financial aid functions, oversee the implementation of new regulatory requirements, and ensure ongoing compliance
- Leverage financial aid packages and policies to achieve the university's recruitment, retention, and access goals, with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion-related financial aid initiatives
- Contribute to the development of financial aid communications that focus on demystifying financial aid, improving FAFSA-completion rates, and encouraging financial literacy
- Promote individual, student-centered counseling services and adjudicate professional judgement and aid appeal requests
- Serve as a member of Enrollment Management’s (EM) leadership team which includes representatives from Admission, Recruitment, Financial Aid, EM Communications, and EM Analytics
- Collaborate with strategic partners such as Academic Affairs, Academic Support Programs, Division of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, the campuses’ foundations, Cashier’s Office, and the Registrar’s Office
- Lead staff by creating an office culture that values innovation, efficiency, collaboration, accountability, and data-informed decision making
What You’ll Need to Succeed:
- Masters’ Degree from an accredited institution
- 5-years’ experience working in financial aid and/or scholarship administration
- Demonstrated, consistent participation in professional development related to financial aid, leadership, diversity equity and inclusion, and/or other skills critical to the position
- Adaptability, personal integrity and high ethical standards
- Demonstrated experience conducting data analyses to inform financial aid/scholarship administration
- Supervision experience and/or project management experience
- Strong communication skills
Why It’s Great to be a Pioneer:
Campus Information: The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, offers 42 baccalaureate and 6 master's programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin's largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.
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Applications must be submitted through our online applicant portal, applications due by: November 7, 2021. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.
How to Apply:
The following documents are required for applicant consideration:
- Letter of application addressing all required qualifications
- A current resume
- Contact information (name, telephone number, and email address) for 3 professional references.
- Additional documents as needed
We Support Diversity and Inclusion:
Our mission is to foster a diverse environment that contributes to an inclusive culture and climate by promoting critical discourse and meaningful interactions between all members of our campus community.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Fall 2021. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/title-and-total-compensation-study/.